Mr. Fletcher B. Helms Jr.

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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Mr. Fletcher B. Helms Jr.


Fletcher B. Helms, Jr. passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020, at his home in West Point, after a valiant cancer journey.

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Fletcher is survived by his wife, Faye Carter Helms; his daughter, Melanie H. Hunkapiller (Bill) of Tallahassee, Florida; his grandsons, Brantley “Fletcher” Helms (Ashley) and William Martin Hunkapiller III; his great-grandson, Forrest Helms; his step-daughters, Marcy Cutrer (Jeff) and Jennifer Leonard (Tom); step-grandsons, Carter Cutrer and Frankie Leonard and nieces, Jolynn Maddox and Debbie Helms.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Kathy Helms; his son, Brantley Dallas Helms; his parents, Fletcher B. Helms, Sr and Gladys E. Helms; his brother, Joe Helms; his sister, Hazel H. Maddox.

Fletcher was born in Thomaston, Georgia on Feb. 22, 1940, to Fletcher Brantley Helms, Sr and Gladys Ellington Helms. He graduated high school from R. E. Lee Institute in Thomaston, Georgia in 1958 and achieved a bachelor’s of business degree from Georgia State University after proudly serving in the USAF in the Strategic Air Command of the 4245th in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Fletcher was an avid golfer, a huge Georgia Bulldog fan, a strong Christian that loved his church where he taught Sunday school and spread his special brand of joy, an ability to dance that sometimes defied the laws of physics, loved to listen to music and loved his friends and family so well that we will never forget how special he made us all feel. He retired as Vice President of Sales with Wehadkee Yarn Mills with 26 years of service and a lifetime of memories with special friends and customers in the textile industry. Anyone who met Fletcher walked away feeling better for having known him. He is a special light that will be missed, but never forgotten.

Due to the current gathering restrictions, the family had a graveside service in Thomaston, Georgia at Southview Cemetery on Monday, July 6, at 1 p.m. EST.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Fletcher Helms to First United Methodist Church of West Point, 206 E 7th Street, West Point GA 31833 or Chattahoochee Hospice, 6 Medical Park North, Valley, AL 36854. Johnson Brown Funeral Home in Valley, is in charge of arrangements.

Please visit his Memorial Tribute page at to leave a kind word for the family, share a memory of Mr. Helms, or to light a remembrance candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.